Fair Ivy: Package #1 – October 2013

For the skinny on a Fair Ivy subscription and a discount code, jump down below, but now we move on to the review!

My first of the October packages of Fair Ivy arrived and this one featured another item from Fabled Soap Co.   They also had products included in the August Fair Ivy boxes.

Like August, October’s package also included a bar of soap but this one was the appropriately seasonal “Pumpkin Spice” and was wrapped in some seriously cute October print paper.

Pumpkin Soap

Verdict: Love!

I love pumpkin and spicy fall scents so this is wonderful, and the October paper felt extra special for me because my birthday is this month.

Fabled Soap Co. doesn’t appear to sell this bar individually on their website but they feature it in some soap sets where you get 4 bars for $20.00, making the value on this $5.00.

This was a nice little seasonal gem to receive and I can’t wait to see if the other October Fair Ivy items follow this autumn theme!

Do you love the pumpkin scents that pervade everything this time of year or are you tired of pumpkin-all-the-things?

THE BACKSTORY

Fair Ivy is a subscription box of beautifully wrapped, handmade items made by individual artisans.

There are two subscription options:

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month.  (This option will ship in the US, Canada & the UK).

Or

An original subscription at $40.00 a month (plus shipping) of 3 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry).  (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose an original subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

DISCOUNT CODE:  NEWSLETTER2 will get you $2.00 off either subscription.

Fair Ivy Package #3 – September 2013

I received  Fair Ivy’s third package for September.  Their subscription service features beautifully wrapped handmade items.  Skip down for more details on subscription options along with a coupon code.   Now for  the review!
Box with Cards

Once I opened my package I was greeted by a lovely tulle and raffia wrapped box with a cute little stamp that read “uniquely handmade limited edition”.  I think of all the gorgeous packaging I received from Fair Ivy, this is my absolute favorite.

Closeup Box

Once I stopped being distracted by the, oh so pretty packaging, I opened it up to discover Botanical Dead Sea Bath Salts in Lilac from Paradise Bath Boutique.  According to the card inside:

“Paradise Bath Boutique offers a large array of scented products created with many natural, organic and paraben-free ingredients.  With over 130 products and more on the way Paradise Bath Boutique boasts salon grade scented lotions body butters & scrubs, bubble baths, shower gels, botanical dead sea salts, hydrating body mists, antibacterial had soaps and sanitizers, aromatherapy and gifts.”

JarVerdict:
Hit!

The only bath salts I currently own are some lavender scented Epsom salts from the grocery store so this is a luxurious upgrade.  The salt mixture includes dried flowers which really make it feel special.  This package plus the fancy pants bubble bath from my fall style Popsugar box make me think I need a much better bathtub to go with all my awesome products.

According to the Paradise Bath Boutique website, the cost for these salts is $7.00.  My first package for Fair Ivy was the lovely silver and gold plated necklace at about $23 and then the caramel sauce which I’m estimating at about $8.00.  This brings the total value I received at about $38 without shipping costs.  My Fair Ivy subscription costs me $48 including shipping so I think I got my money’s worth.

THE BACKSTORY

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month.  (This option will ship in the US, Canada & the UK).

Or

An original subscription at $40.00 a month (plus shipping) of 3 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry).  (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose an original subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

DISCOUNT CODE:  NEWSLETTER2 will get you $2.00 off either subscription.

Fair Ivy: Package #2 – September 2013

I received my second package for September from Fair Ivy, a subscription service that features handmade items.  Skip down for more details on subscription options along with a coupon code.   Now onto the review!

Box

Tucked inside my cardboard box was a lovely little fabric topped Mason jar filled with cajeta traditional goat milk caramel sauce from Bliss Farms Dry Goods.  They describe themselves as a “sweet little family owned micro farm in Northern Arizona”.  They “create fine foods, body care products, visual/funcational art, jewelry and ceramics.”

Open Box

Verdict:
Hit!

Ingredients are listed as: Goat Milk, evaporated cane juice, Mexican vanilla bean, baking soda
Caramel sauce is a perfect item for the fall.  My birthday is in October and I typically find myself entertaining friends and relatives so I think I’m going to use this sauce in an amazing caramel apple cheesecake dip recipe.  You can check it out here, but be forewarned it’s addicting.

Caramel

I couldn’t find the caramel sauce in the Bliss Farms’ Etsy store, but if you’re dying for a jar, I’d shoot them an email request.  I have no idea how much this costs, but I’d give it a value about $8.00.  So far Fair Ivy has sent me a fabulous silver and gold plated necklace and this awesome caramel sauce.  I can’t wait to see what the last package for September will bring.

THE BACKSTORY

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month.  (This option will ship in the US, Canada & the UK).

Or

An original subscription at $40.00 a month (plus shipping) of 3 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry).  (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose an original subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

DISCOUNT CODE:  NEWSLETTER2 will get you $2.00 off either subscription.

Fair Ivy: Package #1- Jewelry – September 2013

Got my first package for September from Fair Ivy, a subscription service that features handmade items.  Skip down for more details on subscription options along with a coupon code.   Now onto the review!!!

Closeup Packaging

This month’s first package featured a jewelry selection from Just A Charm jewelry.  They describe their pieces as “contemporary jewelry with clear and simple geometries.  Each piece is handcrafted in New York City with sterling silver, gold filled, semi-precious gemstones and delicate charms.  The style is modern versatile, minimalist and understated.”  As is par for the course with Fair Ivy, the packaging was lovely and inviting.

Closeup UnopenedInside was a sterling silver necklace.  It features a 14K gold-plated bar charm.

Necklace

Verdict:
Hit!

This is a simple, understated piece that goes with everything.  I really find mixed metals to be interesting and I like the combination of sterling silver and gold plate.

I couldn’t find this piece in Just A Charm’s Etsy store but a similar one in all sterling silver was priced at $23.00.

As usual, Fair Ivy delivers sophisticated, timelessly appealing jewelry.  Of all the boxes I receive I think this one ranks the highest in the category of gift giving.


THE BACKSTORY

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month.  (This option will ship in the US, Canada & the UK).

Or

An original subscription at $40.00 a month (plus shipping) of 3 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry).  (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose an original subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

DISCOUNT CODE:  NEWSLETTER2 will get you $2.00 off either subscription.

Fair Ivy – Package #3 – August 2013

I received the last of the August packages from Fair Ivy.  Check below for more details on Fair Ivy subscriptions, but first let’s see what’s in the box.
PackageWrapped

This one was from the Pickering Linen Co. in Dallas Texas and contained a hand stamped tea towel.   According to their cute little card they have “a passion for bright prints and a desire to make beautiful things in a sustainable way.”  Each towel is drawn, carved and painted by hand.

Closeup

I actually love kitchen towels and can’t seem to have enough of them.  While this design isn’t one I would pick out for myself, it’s not particularly offensive.  I  saw this great tip in a magazine that said you could use tea towels as oversized napkins.  Maybe this tea towel will start my tea towel napkin collection.

According to Pickering Linen Co.’s online shop, this towel retails for $14.00.

So this is the breakdown for Fair Ivy’s August Subscription Box:

Package #1Fabled Soap Co.  “Fresh Strawberry Soap”, “Detox” bar and a “Passionfruit Rose” lip balm. (Lip Balm & Strawberry Soap = $10.50 and we’ll value the Detox bar at $1.00)
Total $11.50

Package #2 – Virginia Wynne “Sterling silver stud earrings”
Total $14.00

Package #3Pickering Linen Co. “Hand Stamped Tea Towel”
Total $15.00

This brings the Fair Ivy total value to $40.50.  My Fair Ivy subscription costs me $48 per month with a coupon code.  If you add on the shipping costs you’d pay from each of the individual sellers above this subscription would most likely hit that $48.00 or end up above it.

Verdict: I’ll use every item I’ve received. Except for the tea towel, I probably would have picked up the other items in a store if I happened upon them.  This is one of the more expensive subscriptions, so I may consider dropping down to the Jewelry only at some point (since I find that’s the part of the box I most look forward to), but right now I’m just going to enjoy all my handmade surprises.

Fair Ivy is a subscription box of beautifully wrapped, handmade items made by individual artisans.

There are two subscription options:

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month.  (This option will ship in the US, Canada & the UK).

Or

An original subscription at $40.00 a month (plus shipping) of 3 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry).  (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose an original subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

DISCOUNT CODE:  NEWSLETTER2 will get you $2.00 off either subscription.

Fair Ivy – August 2013 Jewelry – Package #2

I just received Fair Ivy’s Jewelry box.  This makes package number 2 out of 3 for August.  I’ve got info on Fair Ivy subscriptions below but first let’s get to what’s inside the box.

BoxWrapped

Inside the lovely packaging was a pair of sterling silver stud earrings designed by Louisiana native, Virginia Wynne.  The card in the packaging states they are handcrafted in a studio in Savannah, Georgia.

Unwrapped

They are delicate but the blunt cutting of the front gives them an edgy vibe.  The backs of earrings are sturdy and they are extremely comfortable for everyday wear.  The simplicity of the earring makes it a great gift for a wide age range of women.
Closeup

Virginia Wynne’s website has variations on these earrings, but I believe these retail for $14.00 and they are well worth that price.

Fair Ivy’s jewelry aesthetic is classic with a dainty and delicate sensibility.  The pieces are perfect for everyday wear and typically have extremely broad appeal, which makes their jewelry subscription a great gift.

Fair Ivy is a subscription box of beautifully wrapped, handmade items made by individual artisans.

There are two subscription options:

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month.  (This option will ship in the US, Canada & the UK).

Or

An original subscription at $40.00 a month (plus shipping) of 3 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry).  (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose an original subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

DISCOUNT CODE:  NEWSLETTER2 will get you $2.00 off either subscription.

Fair Ivy – August 2013 Package #1

Are you someone who pins eleventy billion craft posts on Pinterest, but never get around to trying any of them?

Do you search Etsy oohing and ahhing over items, but quickly get overwhelmed by  how much there is to sort through?

Do those baskets of knitting and little bowls of beads mock you as you sit and watch the latest episode of Castle instead of crafting?

If you answer yes to any of those questions you may want to consider a subscription to Fair Ivy.

Fair Ivy is a subscription box of beautifully wrapped, handmade items made by individual artisans.

There are two subscription options:

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month.  (This option will ship in the US, Canada & the UK).

Or

An original subscription at $40.00 a month (plus shipping) of 3 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry).  (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose an original subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.

I received my first of the August packages from Fair Ivy.
Adorably wrapped, it came from Fabled Soap Co.  Their pretty info card says that they make all their own bath and beauty products using simple, high quality ingredients.

Unboxed

I received a “Fresh Strawberry Soap”, “Detox” bar and a “Passionfruit Rose” lip balm.

Lip Balm & Face Soap
I tried out the lip balm and it feels great and the smell is amazing – a mix of fruit and flowers.  I’m assuming the detox bar is for the face and I’m excited to try it out.  I have combination skin so finding good facial cleansers and moisturizers is always a problem.

The strawberry soap smells delicious and states that it includes strawberry seeds for exfoliating. I’m really psyched since I love exfoliating soaps and have a tough time finding really good ones. The fragrance, while sweet, is not overpowering or synthetic and I think it would appeal to a wide variety of consumers.
Strawberry Soap
According to their Etsy store, the lip balm retails for $3.50 and the strawberry soap for $7.00.  I don’t see the small detox soap, but I’m guessing that’s a bonus.  So the first Fair Ivy package retails at $10.50.

I really loved this package.  It was nicely wrapped, the products are useful and  I probably would never have found this company on my own.    I can’t wait to see what the other two packages this month bring!